Weddings & Same Sex Ceremonies

Weddings
We are delighted when a couple makes the decision to commit their lives to one another through the ceremony of marriage, and are especially pleased to perform legally-sanctioned marriage ceremonies for members of West Shore UU Church. We recommend that the couple plan to meet with the minister a minimum of three meetings. Our Ministers are trained to offer the “Prepare/Enrich Program for Marital Enhancement.” The Prepare/Enrich survey is a tool used by many ministers to help couples know more about one another and to be more fully prepared for their marriage. We have found that the conversation couples have with the officiant is an important step in the path towards marriage.

Same-Sex Ceremonies

We were thrilled with the June 2015 decision that marriage should be available to all.  We have Stood on the Side of Love with GBLTQ persons for over 30 years, so we're delighted to now offer a legal ceremony.  We believe that the love and commitment same-sex couples share is no less than the love and commitment of any other couple; therefore, there is no difference between a hetero or homosexual wedding.  We also recognize that transgender, gender queer, and those who claim no gender affiliation have the right to marry the person of their choice.  The ministers of West Shore will create a personalized ceremony to recognize the love and commitment of the couple.  The same honorarium for non-member services is requested and we find that the Prepare/Enrich process is useful for all couples.

Marriage Fees

There is an honorarium asked of non-members, ranging from $400 (without rehearsal) to $450 with a rehearsal. For weddings performed off church grounds an additional .445 per mile travel charge will be added.

To ask for a minister of West Shore to be the officiant, call Business Administrator Debbie Elliott who will put you in touch with an officiant (440-333-2255 ext. 100). If you’d like to book a space in the building please contact Debbie with your request.

Your Reception at West Shore

West Shore has the ability to accommodate up to 150 guests for your reception in Baker Hall. We can supply tables/chairs, a dance floor, sound system and projector for PowerPoint. We work with a variety of vendors and will be happy to share that information with you so you can rent exactly what you need.

Musicians

Our music director is available to play piano or organ for your wedding or commitment ceremony. Please call David Blazer (440-333-2255 ext. 114) to set up an appointment to speak directly with him. The honorarium for all weddings without a rehearsal is $150.